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‘Trending Down’ Nears Pilot Green Light At Showtime With Philip Seymour Hoffman & Kathryn Hahn Starring

By | Friday July 26, 2013 @ 2:43pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Showtime is expected to announce during their TCA session on Tuesday that Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman will star in and executive produce Trending Down, a comedy pilot, which is getting a green light after a long development process. Kathryn Hahn is expected to co-star in the pilot, which will be directed by John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and The Angry Inch). Developed by Ken Kwapis and created by This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander, Trending Down is a blistering attack on our youth-obsessed culture, and a darkly comic examination of what it means to matter. Or matter not. It centers on Thom Payne (Hoffman), a man facing his own obsolescence after his advertising agency is taken over. Hahn will play Thom’s wife. Hoffman, Kwapis, Auslander and Hoffman’s producing partner Emily Ziff will executive produce. Alexandra Beattie will co-executive produce. Trending Down marks the third pilot pickup at Showtime this year. It is the first comedy pilot, joining dramas The Vatican and The Affair. The network also gave straight-to-series order to Penny Dreadful earlier this year.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Joins ‘Child 44′

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The strong cast that director Daniel Espinosa assembled for Child 44 just got better. Philip Seymour Hoffman is negotiating to join Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, and Joel Kinnaman in the film. The picture is being made by Summit Entertainment and co-financed and executive produced by Worldview Entertainment.

An adaptation of the Tom Rob Smith bestseller, the Richard Price-scripted Child 44 focuses on a member of the Soviet military police who investigates a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union. His biggest impediment is a government that refuses to acknowledge a serial killer is in their midst. Ridley Scott is producing under his Scott Free Productions banner with Michael Schaefer and Greg Shapiro. Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners, Maria Cestone, Sarah Johnson Redlich will executive produce along with Douglas Urbanski. Read More »

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Film Society of Lincoln Center Announces Board For Filmmaker In Residence Program

New York, NY (June 12, 2013) — The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Jaeger-LeCoultre announced today select members of their Advisory Board for the new Filmmaker In Residence initiative at a dinner co-hosted by Charles Finch, Bennett Miller, Paul Schrader and Rose Kuo. The evening marked the launch, and celebration, of the recently announced partnership between the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Jaeger LeCoultre, following the efforts of Finch & Partners to bring the film organization and luxury brand together.

The Advisory Board members participating in the initiative include: Henry Bean, Brady Corbet, Charles Finch, Naomi Foner, Larry Gross, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Danny Huston, Tamara Jenkins, Ed Lachman, Bennett Miller, Matthew Modine, Ed Pressman, Ira Sachs, Paul Schrader and Marisa Tomei. Their involvement may include nominating potential candidates, mentoring the filmmaker once selected, panel participation during the 51st New York Film Festival and/or attending/hosting events in support of the initiative.

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Cannes: Philip Seymour Hoffman Finds Place In ‘God’s Pocket’

Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Park Pictures Features signed Philip Seymour Hoffman to star in God’s Pocket, the upcoming film directorial debut from John Slattery, who adapted the Pete Dexter novel with Alex Metcalf. Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks and John Turturro will co-star. Gersh is selling. Park Pictures Features is producing with Hoffman’s Cooper’s Town Productions and Slattery’s Shoestring Pictures, which makes its producing debut. Producing is Sam Bisbee, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Slattery, Lance Acord and Galt Niederhoffer for Park Pictures and Emily Ziff and Hoffman for Cooper’s Town. Read More »

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OSCARS Q&A: Philip Seymour Hoffman

By | Thursday December 13, 2012 @ 12:01am PST

Anthony D’Alessandro is Managing Editor of AwardsLine.

Philip Seymour Hoffman is a theatrical director, a film producer, and a board member of the Labyrinth Theater Company. But above all, he’s an actor, and a relentlessly inquisitive one. Much like the cult leader Lancaster Dodd he plays in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, Hoffman is continually deconstructing flawed souls on stage and screen: An accused pedophile priest (Doubt), the suicidal Willy Loman (Broadway’s Death of a Salesman), and Truman Capote (Capote) are among the many. Meryl Streep once told the New York Times about her Doubt costar: “One of the most important keys to acting is curiosity. I am curious to the point of being nosy, and I think Philip is the same.” In The Master, Hoffman imbues the puzzling depths of his guru with a warm, paternal nuance while exposing Dodd’s violent, drunken underbelly. Of utmost importance for Hoffman was syncing with the dramatic rhythms of Joaquin Phoenix’s delinquent Freddie Quell, who is not only his protégé, but his doppelganger.

AwardsLine: How did Anderson prepare you for the role?
Philip Seymour Hoffman: It doesn’t work that way, where Paul prepares you. He’s a writer, so he’s writing all the time. The screenplay was an amalgamation of many things he was writing through the years and then eventually, he had a screenplay. He sent it to me four years out from shooting it. I was part of a development process with him of the story and the character. He had a plan and knew what he was going to do, but I was the guy he was bouncing it off of for a while because I was going to play Lancaster. So that’s how I prepared for the part, talking about and ruminating about it. It was a journey we both took together; it’s just that his job was a lot bigger than mine. Read More »

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Producer Tony Krantz Sells Projects With Ted Talley, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Fareed Zakaria & Twitter’s Biz Stone

By | Wednesday October 10, 2012 @ 4:56pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Four years after he left TV producing to focus on feature directing, former Imagine TV topper Tony Krantz re-entered TV last summer. In his first year back, he landed a series on the air, NBC’s upcoming Dracula starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and a pilot order at ABC for Scruples. Now Krantz has set up six more series projects at cable and broadcast networks through his independent production company Flame Ventures. All are executive produced by him, with Flame’s Reece Pearson co-executive producing.

At NBC, Flame is finalizing a deal for Cuba, a drama written by Jorge Zamacona (Homicide) and executive produced by CNN anchor Fareed Zakaria and former CNN President Jonathan Klein. The project, which will be produced by Universal TV, tells the story of American and Cuban families at the dawn of post-Castro Cuba with an entire nation up for grabs. Read More »

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Hot Toronto Trailer: ‘A Late Quartet’

By | Monday September 10, 2012 @ 1:41pm PDT

The world premiere of A Late Quartet is tonight in Toronto. EOne and RKO Pictures are releasing Yaron Zilberman’s narrative feature debut November 2 after acquiring the pic at Cannes. Philip Seymour Hoffman is being touted for his work as a member of a famed quartet whose future hangs in the balance after another member of the group (Christopher Walken) is forced to retire. Catherine Keener, Mark Ivanir and Imogen Poots co-star in the drama structured around Beethoven’s Opus 131 String Quartet in C-sharp minor.

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Venice: Latest Jury Scandal Gives New Meaning To The Lido Shuffle

Two years ago Quentin Tarantino’s Venice jury gave his ex-girlfriend Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere the top prize Golden Lion. An uproar followed and the film did not figure in that year’s awards season. This year’s Lido scandal turns around Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, a picture that rocked, and then haunted, Venice last Saturday and which was widely expected to take home the top prize tonight. But a funny thing happened on the way to the Sala Grande: Kim Ki-duk’s highly-regarded Pieta won the Golden Lion as word spread that the film was not the jury’s first choice. “The jury basically came to a consensus that the Golden Lion was going to The Master,” I’m told. At the same time, the panel was also fixated on the best actor prize being split between that film’s stars, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix. But the rules threw a wrench into the overall plans. Speaking to the press after the awards, jury chairman Michael Mann reportedly said ultimately the best way to give The Master “its fullest recognition,” was to give it the directing prize and the double acting prize. It also ended up effectively giving the film an unprecedented 3 awards.

Anderson, who told a Toronto press conference he was “thrilled with whatever they want to hand over,” was awarded the best directing Silver Lion and the actors got the Volpi Cup, but the festival leans away from giving … Read More »

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Venice: Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘The Master’ Dominates Prizes In Scandalous Awards Ceremony

The closing of the 69th Venice Film Festival this evening was awash in scandal, and the preamble to the prizes appears to have had its share of confusion as well. Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master took the most kudos with the Silver Lion for directing and a shared best actor Volpi Cup for Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix. However, a person close to the process confirms to Deadline that the jury originally wanted to give the top prize Golden Lion to The Master, but the panel was hampered by rules that don’t allow for one film to be too heavily weighted. So, tonight, the Golden Lion was given to South Korea’s Kim Ki-duk for redemption story Pieta. That film was very well-received during the festival and indeed was the one that most considered a challenger to The Master. But it’s a scandal this does not reflect the Venice jury’s true intent.

Related: P.T. Anderson On ‘The Master’, Scientology, & Screening It For Tom Cruise

Meanwhile, at the Lido’s Sala Grande tonight, the jury mixed up the Silver Lion for best director and the special jury prize between The Master and Ulrich Seidl’s absurdist religious tale Paradise: Faith. Ultimately, it was Anderson who won the Silver Lion and Paradise: Faith which snagged the jury prize. Hoffman had just jetted in from Toronto, and had already said his thanks for the jury prize on behalf of Anderson, before bouncing back up to the stage to collect the Lion when the mistake was noted. He had also accepted the acting awards on his and Phoenix’s behalf.

Hadas Yaron took the Volpi Cup for best actress in Rama Burshtein’s Israeli arranged marriage drama Fill The Void. Olivier Assayas won for best screenplay for his 1970s-set French film Après Mai. Daniele Cipri was recognized for technical achievement for Italy’s E Stato Il Figlio and Fabrizio Falco was named best emerging talent for the same film.

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Toronto: Philip Seymour Hoffman Stars In Anton Corbijn-Directed ‘A Most Wanted Man’

By | Thursday September 6, 2012 @ 11:19am PDT
Mike Fleming

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright will star in A Most Wanted Man, a spy thriller directed by Anton Corbijn. The modern-day spy thriller will be co-financed and co-produced by Demarest Films’ Sam Englebardt, Michael Lambert and William D. Johnson. The screenplay was written by Andrew Bovell (Edge Of Darkness, Lantana), based on the best-selling novel by John le Carré. Producers are Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood under their Potboiler Productions banner and Stephen and Simon Cornwell from Ink Factory. Johnson and Englebardt will executive produce alongside Tessa Ross of Film4 and le Carré. FilmNation Entertainment is handling domestic and international sales. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Master’

By | Friday July 20, 2012 @ 2:50pm PDT

Here is the new theatrical trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. Philip Seymour Hoffman plays the charismatic central figure of the movie, which some have suggested is a thinly veiled take on Scientology but Anderson has said it is definitely not. Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix co-star in The Weinstein Company release now set to open September 14th:

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TOLDJA! Philip Seymour Hoffman Is Plutarch Heavensbee In ‘Hunger Games’ Sequel ‘Catching Fire’

Mike Fleming

When Deadline revealed a month ago that Philip Seymour Hoffman had ended his Death of a Salesman run by leaving his longtime agency Paradigm, we were first to tell you that Hoffman was being courted by Lionsgate to play the role of Plutarch Heavensbee in the Francis Lawrence-directed The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Lionsgate has confirmed that he’s set to join Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson and will play the head game organizer in the film, which should be a welcome respite from his grueling nightly performances as Willy Loman in the Mike Nichols-directed Tony-winning Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s classic play. Here’s the release:

Santa Monica, CA, July 9, 2012- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE are pleased to announce that Philip Seymour Hoffman has been cast in the role of Plutarch Heavensbee, Head Gamemaker for The Hunger Games, in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire.

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Hot Trailer: Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘The Master’

By | Tuesday June 19, 2012 @ 10:16am PDT
Mike Fleming

Here’s another trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, from The Weinstein Company. The first one focused on Joaquin Phoenix’s character’s restless and destructive nature, and now that character connects with Philip Seymour Hoffman’s The Master, who starts his own belief system. These are unorthodox vignettes, and it will be interesting to watch as more of the story unfolds in these trailers.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Leaves Paradigm, Goes Agentless

By | Monday June 11, 2012 @ 5:12pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Phil Seymour Hoffman is going to go without an agent. He’s leaving Paradigm after an 18-year run at the agency, repped by Sarah Fargo. From the breakout role in Boogie Nights, to the Oscar turn in Capote, the recent tour de force performance as Willy Loman in the Mike Nichols-directed Death Of A Salesman (I was surprised he didn’t win the Tony for Best Actor) and his work in last year’s Oscar movies Moneyball and The Ides Of March, Fargo’s done a helluva job finding ways to showcase Hoffman’s considerable talents. I am not hearing that he’s taking meetings, just that he’ll go agentless for now. Hoffman next appears in the Paul Thomas Anderson-directed The Master, and I’ve heard he has been offered a big role, Plutarch Heavensbee, in The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. Mostly, Hoffman is wiped out after finishing the Willy Loman role, which director Mike Nichols says is perhaps the most taxing stage role on an actor. Hoffman might just need a break before figuring out what’s in his future.

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Mike Fleming Interviews Director Mike Nichols; Will ‘Death Of A Salesman’ Revival Bring Him Ninth Tony Award?

By | Wednesday May 30, 2012 @ 10:29am PDT
Mike Fleming

Death Of A Salesman Mike NicholsAt age 80, director Mike Nichols has won eight Tony Awards, and is a frontrunner to add another with Death Of A Salesman. The revival of Arthur Miller’s 1949 groundbreaking play is up for seven Tony Awards including Best Revival. Nichols chose Philip Seymour Hoffman for Willy Loman, the world-weary salesman on the downside of the American dream; Andrew Garfield as son Biff; Finn Wittrock as son Hap; and Linda Emond as Linda Loman. The show just became the rare straight play to crack $1 million for a week’s worth of performances, through the Memorial Day holiday. That is the seventh time the limited-run play broke the house record for the Barrymore Theatre. The limited run ends Saturday. Here, Nichols discusses a play which wears out its cast nightly but clearly has reinvigorated its director.

DEADLINE: Give me a second while I start the tape recorder.
NICHOLS: Tape recorder? I thought this interview was going to be off the record.

DEADLINE: This is one that should be on the record. Your production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman might be the best received version since the very first in 1949. At the risk of betraying myself a cultural cretin, yours was the first Salesman I saw, and so for me the title was a real spoiler.Death Of A Salesman
NICHOLS: Because it told you what was going to happen? The very first producer they went to thought that and wanted them to change it but he wouldn’t. So they had to go to the second producer.

DEADLINE: Why take on The Great American play?
NICHOLS: Several things. Most great plays of the past lose their grip on immediacy; on application to our lives right now. That is the opposite of the case with Salesman. Take, for instance A Streetcar Named Desire, which is one of the reasons I’m in the theater. I had a girlfriend who got us the very fancy theater tickets when I was in high school. Believe it or not, we saw it the second night. We were so stunned by it we didn’t get up to pee, we didn’t talk; we just sat poleaxed for the three hours or so. And to this day I still remember it as the only thing I’ve ever seen that was a hundred percent real and a hundred percent poetic at the same time. And then about sometime later, maybe a year later, we saw Salesman. It was no longer the number one cast. Lee J. Cobb was already out of it. He only did it three and a half months because it’s a part that just kills the actors. Read More »

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eOne, RKO Pictures Tune Up ‘A Late Quartet’ For U.S. Co-Distribution: Cannes

Philip Seymour Hoffman Late QuartetThe sun is finally shining and U.S. deal announcements are starting to heat up on what’s essentially the last day of the Cannes Film Festival market. eOne and RKO Pictures just announced they’ve made a co-distribution agreement for drama A Late Quartet. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Cathering Keener and Christopher Walken star in Yaron Zilberman’s narrative feature debut about the members of a world-renowned string quartet who struggle to stay together on the eve of their 25th season. A Late Quartet will be co-released theatrically in the U.S. in the fall.

The deal was brokered by eOne’s David Reckziegel, Richard Rapkowski and Dylan Wiley and Andrew Matthews and Suzanne Rosencrans for RKO. The deal does not cover DVD and VOD. eOne says it’s “looking forward to announcing more acquisitions at the Cannes Film Festival and in the coming months.” Still no confirmation if one of those “acquisitions” will be Alliance, as rumors swirl that the two companies will not make offers on the same films in Cannes on territories where there is overlap — in Canada and the UK.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Firmed For John Le Carre’s ‘A Most Wanted Man’

Philip Seymour Hoffman has been firmed to star in the Anton Corbijn-directed adaptation of the John Le Carre spy thriller A Most Wanted Man. The film was on Deadline’s list of hot titles at Cannes.

In present day Hamburg, Germany, a mysterious, tortured and near-dead half-Chechen, half-Russian man on the run arrives in the city’s Islamic community desperate for help and looking to recover his late Russian father’s ill-gotten fortune. Nothing about this young man seems to add up; is he a victim or a thief or, worse still, an extremist intent on destruction? Drawn into this web of intrigue were a British private banker and a young female lawyer determined to defend the defenseless. All the while, they are being watched by the brilliant, roguish chief of a covert German spy unit (Hoffman), who fights to put the pieces together as the clock ticks.

The film was co-developed and will be co-financed by Film4 with Tessa Ross acting as Executive Producer.

Says Senator Entertainment AG CEO Helge Sasse: “A Most Wanted Man is an international bestseller set in Hamburg, Germany, and we are happy that the support of the Hamburg and Berlin subsidies made it possible for the producers to shoot it in Germany. So that made it a natural project, we’re pleased to be part in, as it not only fits Senator’s slate and is our kind of movie, it allows us to participate in the production a major international … Read More »

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Willy Loman Finally Wins: ‘Death Of A Salesman’ Revival In Profits

Mike Fleming

The Mike Nichols-directed revival of Arthur Miller’s Death Of A Salesman will recoup its $3.1 million capitalization this week. The limited run play, a staggeringly good production of one of the great American plays, stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Andrew Garfield and Linda Emond. It’s up for seven Tony Awards.

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FX Developing Cop Drama Produced by Philip Seymour Hoffman

By | Friday March 30, 2012 @ 5:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

FX Inside Philip Seymour HoffmanFX has put in development Inside, a drama project from playwright-screenwriter Kyle Jarrow and Philip Seymour Hoffman and Emily Ziff Cooper’s Town Prods. The semi-serialized cop drama follows a San Francisco homicide detective who discovers his real father is a convicted serial killer who claims to be innocent of murdering the cop’s mother. Hoffman and Ziff will executive produce, with Sara Murphy also producing. Jarrow, repped by CAA and Madhouse Entertainment, had his feature Armless premiere at Sundance, and his spec Good Samaritan sold to Voltage Pictures.

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